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Even as you face a felony charge in Ohio, you still have rights – and all it takes to best assert them is having the proper criminal defense attorney at your side. Serving Columbus, Franklin County, and the entire Ohio State, The Rutan Law Firm provides you with the necessary legal assistance to defend the criminal charges leveled against you. Whether it involves a DUI or an OMVI offense, a drug-related charge or a graver felony, a criminal accusation will make a serious impact on your person and reputation.


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    DUI Checkpoints Ohio

    Avoiding DUI Checkpoints.

    It is common knowledge that the police may stop your vehicle when they have reasonable suspicion that a traffic or criminal offense occurred or is about to occur. However, when can the police randomly without legitimately suspecting you of a traffic or criminal offense actually pull you over. In Ohio, checkpoints are an exception to this rule but must first meet a few requirements.

    Columbus DUI Checkpoints

    Ohio courts have allowed checkpoints if they meet the following requirements* for sobriety checkpoints:

    (1) warning signs
    (2) uniformed officers
    (3) predetermined time and location and
    (4) neutral criteria.

    Ohio courts, have also ruled that you do have the right to turn around and avoid the checkpoint before you are stopped.

    *See State v. Goines, 16 Ohio App.3d 168, 171

    Remember, just because the police may have the right to pull you over and question you during a checkpoint, does not mean that have unfettered discretion to pull you out of your car and subject you to field sobriety tests. If you have been charged with a driving offense, please don’t hesitate to contact my firm for a free consultation to discuss the legalities of your case.

    Call or Text Rutan Law at 614-307-4343 anytime.

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